Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir has been quite vocal against cross-border terrorism from Pakistan. He never holds back from sharing his views regarding the current political tensions between the two countries.
India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series since the 2012-13 season when the Men in Green came to India for 2 T20Is and a three-match ODI series. The two arch-rivals have faced each other in the ICC and Asian tournaments.
According to Gambhir, bilateral cricket with Pakistan should continue to remain suspended as the lives of Indian soldiers are more important than a cricket match.
The 39-year-old feels that till the time Pakistan doesn’t stop cross-border terrorism, the talks of resuming the cricketing ties with the country doesn’t make any sense.
Speaking to IANS, Gambhir said, “I haven’t done any favor to anyone by playing and winning for the country. But look at someone who is defending us on the Siachen or Pakistan border, risking his life for a small amount of money. They are the greatest heroes of our country.
“Ultimately, cricket does not matter. The lives of our soldiers do. They give their lives to protect us. The least we can do is stand by them,” said Gautam Gambhir, who joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019.